Debunking Common Myths People Still Believe About Therapy
Therapy can improve a person’s overall quality of life. The problem is that there are many misconceptions about it. Common myths and doubts about therapy come from movies and TV, which actually do more harm than good. They prevent people from seeking the help they desire — and need. Society depicts therapy as never-ending, unnecessary and only for certain types of people.
Let’s stop the spread of misinformation and get to the truth once and for all. Read on as we debunk the common myths people still believe about therapy.
Myth: Only People With “Serious” Problems Go to Therapy
Fact: It's a common myth that only "crazy" people seek therapy, such as individuals diagnosed with mental disorders or who are struggling with deep, dark problems. "Crazy" is actually an inappropriate term that shames people who could benefit from treatment. As a result of this stigma, people are less likely to ask for help and get their concerns checked.
Myth: Therapy Is Too Expensive
Fact: If you see a therapist often, the costs can add up. However, there are many ways to pay for services. Experts suggest checking with your insurance to see if it covers therapy instead of only paying out of pocket.
Myth: You Don't Need Therapy When You Can Talk to Friends
Fact: Many folks believe talking to good friends is as effective as therapy. While social support is important when you're experiencing problems, it's very different from therapy. A therapist is not a friend. Friendships are two-way streets where you give advice to each other. In most cases, the views are biased.
Myth: Therapy Lasts for Years and Years
Fact: The average length of therapy is three to four months. But the course of therapy depends on a client's needs and situation. Some people see their therapists for two weeks, a few months or even years.
Myth: Therapists Will Just Put You on Medication
Fact: Society often perceives those who seek mental-health care as receiving medication for a quick fix. But most therapists aren't allowed to prescribe medication. Only psychologists, physicians and advanced practice psychiatric nurses can prescribe medications to patients.
Myth: Therapists Just Tell People What to Do and What to Think
Fact: Therapists help you through your thought processes and feelings, but you remain independent by making your own decisions and choices. While you reflect on your experiences, therapists ask questions and remind you about repeated patterns or past decisions.